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Mother Anna's

4.3
477 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Authentic
  • Comfort Food
  • Neighborhood Gem
Four Generations of Fine Italian Cuisine! Boston’s historic North End is known for its many Italian restaurants. Over the last 80 years, many of these establishments have come and gone. None have stood the test of time quite like Mother Anna’s. Established in 1932, Mother Anna’s has passed through four generations of families. John Caparella, along with his three sons, have carried on the tradition that his grandmother started 79 years ago.

The last 20 years have brought on many changes in the North End. The number of restaurants have gone from the single digits, back in the early days, to close to a hundred. Also, the old Central Artery that had divided the North End for so many years, has since disappeared.

Mother Anna’s has now become the gateway to the North End. On a beautiful summer night, a table on the now famous patio gives customers a view of the Boston skyline that can only be experienced at Mother Anna’s. Mother Anna’s should not be missed!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation


Lunch & Dinner:

Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 10:00pm

Friday & Saturday: 11:30am 11:00pm

Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(617) 523-8496
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Cross St. and Richmond St.
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Parking details
Parking Validation is available at Parcel 7 Garage:
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Public transit
Congress St @ Hanover St (191, 192, 193)
Haymarket Station - Outbound (Orange Line)
Haymarket Station - Inbound (Orange Line)
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access
What 477 People Are Saying
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4.3
service
3.9
ambience
4.2
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Just stopped in for lunch. Food was ok nothing great.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We eat here every year the night before the Boston Marathon. Always really good!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

I have dined at Mother Anna's several times over the years, and it never disappoints. The food, atmosphere and service is great. The price-point is very fair as well...not super expensive. The restaurant itself is on the smaller side, so I would definitely recommend a reservation, especially on a weekend night. I will be back again!

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food was good and was large portions. However it took a long time to get seated with reservations.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great service, old style Italian food, big portions, and even better the next night for dinner!

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

The foodwas excellent! Very cool part of town and restaurant. Will definitely recommend to friends when they are in Boston. Eggplant Parm was unbelievable and a huge portion. Loved it!

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We made a reservation for a large group (over a dozen people). Unfortunately, when we got there, they we're unable to accommodate us and we had to wait 40 minutes for a table. This place is very small, so I understand the difficulty, but it would've been better if they didn't take the reservation or told us so we would have known before waiting outside in the cold.

Once seated, our waitress (Tatiana) was very good, but I was not satisfied with the service from the front of the house.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Amazing food, less amazing atmosphere. I had a little bit of anxiety bringing visiting, out of town guests here when I first walked in. The setting just doesn't scream special night out. The food quickly made up for the lack of atmosphere though. All 4 dishes ordered with excellent, very authentic, and portions were generous.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Food was great...Caesar was terrific!
Great dinner.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Love Mother Anna's. Go for dinner whenever in town near the North End. Lesser known than some of the big name restaurants of the North End, but just as good. I'm Italian and love their sauce as it's the similar to my family's recipe. They have the best veal dishes, especially like the Veal Roberto. Great for dinner before a show or game at the Garden.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

My parents and I had a wonderful Easter dinner at Mother Anna’s. Thank you for the amazing food and service!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Food was exceptionally delicious !!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Old-school Italian place - great food, huge portions. The upstairs looked very nice - we were seated in the basement, which was a little dungeon-like, but our server was friendly and very good. I would go back. Ask for a table upstairs!

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1.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Horrible service.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Dining highlight of our Boston trip. Great food and service with a real Boston neighborhood feel.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Mother Anna's was great! We went for my birthday and had a large group of 19. They handled our group with ease. The service was great and the food was delicious! Great spot in the North End- highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Mother Anna's was delicious and the service was extremely friendly and prompt.

The food was amazing and the value of the meal was spot on, as you get so much food for a reasonable price. Will definitely be coming back, a new favorite place in the North End for me

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We went to Mother Anna’s on our first trip to Boston and loved it. It was a Saturday night and we made a reservation which I would say was a must. We enjoyed shrimp scampi for appetizer along with a nice bottle of Malbec. For dinner we had the gnocchi Juliana, lobster ravioli and baked ziti. All our us loved our meal! Had a nice Tirimisu and coffee for dessert and the night was complete. On downfall came at the end of the dinner when we wanted our check and we could not get our waitress to come back and give it to us. It was very busy so we gave her the benefit of the doubt but it was frustrating to sit for an extra 20 minutes or so when we were ready to go. That, however, would not keep us from going back to this great place!

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2018

No ambiance, just-ok food, average service, overpriced for overall experience.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

FOOD WAS GREAT EVEN THE NEXT DAY! PLACE IS BUSY BUT WORTH IT. CAN'T WAIT FOR THE OUTDOOR SEATING!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Mother Anna's is our usual stop when we visit Boston three or four times a year. It never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

I absolutely recommend Mother Anna's. Great location, great menu, and great service. Make reservations. This is a must. However, we arrived half an hour early and we're seated within minutes.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

My wife had last eaten at Mother Anna's many years ago. I was joining her for a return and my own first time during a weekend together in Boston. With a 5:45pm Saturday reservation they were packed and frantic. All four empty water glasses on our table were dirty (one with lipstick) and they were replaced without question. The atmosphere is average. That all was underwhelming, but from there the service was efficient and food was terrific. A busy night in the North End. We my go back some day but not until trying many other places.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

I don't know why this place has such mixed reviews. I came here on Valentine's Day with a friend and everything was perfect. We got the mussels, which were some of the best I have EVER had. We also split the gnocchi and chicken parm/eggplant parm combo, which were delicious and each took home two meals worth of leftovers. Portions are huge, prices are totally reasonable and the wine is also reasonably priced. Not the fanciest of places inside, but 5 stars on food from me.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Mother Anna's is always a great place to eat! The food is always consistent, the servers are pleasant, and the food comes up quick. We always want to try something new...and we always end up back at Mother's!

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

second visit... both 5 stars! We were late for our reservation... they were very professional and understanding and were able to hold the table!

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Great ambiance. Listening to Andrea Boccelli while eating gnocchis and drinking DOCG wine made for an amazing date. Comfort food at an authentic place. You go for good food and wine, not for a lavish experience, though the authenticity of a hearty meal is an experience of its own.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We dined at Mother Anna's on New Years Eve. Found a table on OpenTable with very short notice. Got seated right at the time of the reservation despite the place being full. Food was excellent, service was excellent considering the place was packed full. Can't wait to come back to this spot!

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

I have walked by this restaurant for probably 35 years, never noticing it. Then through Open Table I’ve found Morher Anna’s. We arrived on time for our reservation. However it took quite a while to get seated. Once seated, we put an order in for wine. It took a little while for that to come. However once it arrived, it needed to stay in the next room because there was no room near our table for the ice bucket.

We ordered gnocchi in red sauce and veal parmascian with linguine. We also had two garden salads. The garden salad was, not good. In the middle of the salad was a scoop of green beans that looked like canned beans. They were over cooked and then cooled. It otherwise ruined the salad. I recommend asking that they not put the beans on the salad or try a Caesar.

The entrees were fine. Unremarkable. The tomato sauce was fairly tasteless. Neither good or bad. That said the veal was very tender and enjoyable. The gnocchi was fine as well.

This restaurant was passable. We’d go back if we couldn’t find some place else.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

food was delicious and the staff were kind and prompt

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

The food was very good but parking is next to nothing available unless you get lucky for street parking. It took over 20 minutes to find an a garage with space available.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

7 out of 7 of us loved our meals. It was quiet on a freezing cold Saturday afternoon, but service was great as was the food. We were actually surprised at just how good. Will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2017

I am a long time fan of Mother Anna’s. I now live in Washington DC but try to make a visit here any chance I get. The food and the service are great. We had a fun family holiday dinner on Tuesday evening and best of all was we got to enjoy the leftovers the next evening - the portions are huge. Lobster fettuccine and chicken creation are family favorites!

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Overall experience was outstanding ! Service was impeccable - even with our large party of 10. Food was delicious and plentiful !! It was a very special evening. Will most definitely return to Mother Anna's.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Family-owned Mother Anna's has been offering home-style, familiar Italian dishes for over 50 years, and continues its long tradition of friendly service and warm atmosphere. At out latest visit, the waitress was terrific in getting some in our party's complicated choices and dish-sharing right, and with a smile. One of us had what we believe was a new addition to the menu-- shrimp baked in cheese. Superb! We'll continue to make Mother Anna's our "local," our North End favorite.

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2017

A family night on the town for 10 of us that was just perfect to celebrate the holidays! Fabulous food and wonderful service.

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

came in for a Christmas dinner and everyone loved the food. Prices great also.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

great afternoon out in boston, first time trying out this restaurant and was not disappointed, the food was excellent, we did make reservation, which I would recommend because the place is small, waitress was excellent , we did not feel rushed to leave, everything was excellent, will definitely be going back

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

Awesome great place great food

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3.0Dined on December 15, 2017

I didn't like the food. The food didn't have much taste.

There are so many good restaurants in the North End, there is no reason for me to go back there. I have been to many restaurants in the North End and have never tried Mother Anna's which has been around for many years. Well, I tried it. Would not recommend it.

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